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Unread 07-09-2013, 08:34 AM   #1
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I have been looking around on this site for awhile but finally got a cart, so I decided to make my first post. My grandfather gave me an '84 model DS 36 volt. The batteries were starting to crack and leak battery acid, so they pulled them out before it ate the battery tray up. So I am starting with a cart that needs some work.

We have some farm land where it will be ridden, 99% flat and dry, but on occasion I will take it down to S. GA to hunt with. The terrain down there has some small hills and small creeks (couple inches deep). I am going to start out with a 6" jakes lift and some all terrain tires. I will eventually be adding a rear seat.

I will be removing the body and cleaning everything real good. Is there anything that I should be aware of? I grew up ridding these things all over golf courses but never fixed one up for hunting. Since there aren't any batteries, should I upgrade any of the electrical components before I install new batteries?

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Unread 07-09-2013, 03:29 PM   #2
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Default Re: 84 Club Car DS Build

Depends which way you wanna go with it. Since you have to buy batteries, now would be the PERFECT time to upgrade the cart to a solid state 48v system and keep the 36v motor, increasing the speed and torque.

Scottyb with cartsunlimited.net is pretty much the go to guy for this. He will be closed through the 11th but when he's back he will take care of you.

Rear springs might have some sag to them especially when you put a seat on. They are probably original.

Where are you located?
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Unread 07-09-2013, 03:44 PM   #3
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Solid state definitely . . . If hills are in your futur might as well and get at least the 500 amp controller
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Unread 07-10-2013, 07:29 AM   #4
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Suncoc - I'm in SC and since my post I have found Scottyb's site. I think your recommendations are the way I'm going to go. The rear springs are original, so they will need to be replaced when I add the rear seat. Any good sources for them?

Shaffer88 - I'll look into the 500 amp controller.


I will post pics of the cart as soon as I get a chance.
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Unread 07-10-2013, 08:31 AM   #5
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Click on the site sponsors button at the top of the page I'm sure none of them has some springs
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Unread 07-11-2013, 06:39 AM   #6
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Unread 07-12-2013, 03:03 AM   #7
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Unread 07-12-2013, 02:16 PM   #8
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Beef it up now. I use my cart for hunting also and I think you will come to appreciate the better performance. I bought mine with a 700 amp motor/controler, 6 in Jakes lift and AT tires already installed. It also had the rear seat and upgraded leaf springs. I did upgrade the cables to 4 ga and put a new HD f&R switch on it. The thing handles the mud and the hills like a champ! I don't use a trailer and this thing climbs ramps into the back of my truck without even the slightest hesitation. I think you will be very happy.
BTW, that rear seat step works great for loading your harvested deer on.
Happy Hunting!!!
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Unread 07-13-2013, 04:47 AM   #9
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Go get the old batteries. You'll need them to avoid core charges when you buy new batts. Analog carts aren't bad, just not the most efficient.. Avoid tall grass with resistor coils...they glow red hot and can start a grass fire! Been there, done that. For hunting, you want torque, 700 amp controller, it'll turn your bigger tires effortlessly. 36 V motor on 48 V will get you more speed, too. Have fun.
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Unread 07-13-2013, 05:26 AM   #10
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